Processing

Articles, columns and products covering innovation in all types of processing machinery and technologies

ARTICLES

International Powder Bulk & Solids Event

Powder and bulk show preview: Program to focus on safety, solutions and compliance

April 8, 2014

 Educational forum and exhibition floor allow attendees to envision solutions in action. 


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TECH FLASH

Rabobank says virus will cause two-year shortfall in North American hog market

The firm forecasts significant impacts from PEDv, including an opportunity for poultry to step up.
March 26, 2014

A simultaneous drop in beef production could exacerbate the dynamic.


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TECH FLASH

Coding and marking: Are you controlling costs effectively?

Hygiene requirements, durability and much more factor into code application for primary food packaging.
March 12, 2014

We discuss the ins and outs of coding and marking technology with Paul Doody of Linx Printing Technology.


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TECH FLASH

WhiteWave plans Earthbound Farm expansion

The organics company plans to expand beyond salad greens and add snacks and juices.
March 12, 2014
New items like kale salads and organic salad kits will expand the company’s core offerings.
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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.
March 8, 2014

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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Field Reports

Updated line alleviates processor’s growing pains

A new weigh-blending system and multi-spectrum metal detector increase meal kit productivity and reduce giveaways.
January 10, 2014
The humble shrimp has been the mainstay of the Choice Canning Company for more than 50 years. Already a leading supplier of shrimp in North America, the processor expanded into the ready-to-cook meal market in 2006. It now produces 12 IQF skillet meals under the Tastee Choice brand and distributes them to retail grocery stores throughout the Eastern, Midwestern and Southwestern states and Canada.
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Field Reports

Loud sonic horn shatters boiler ash buildup at brewery

Not a high-fidelity horn, this air-operated device packs a 150 dB wallop of acoustic energy at an Alaskan brewery.
January 10, 2014
Alaskan Brewing Company is the first brewery opened in Juneau since Prohibition, and from its beginning in 1986, sought to make high-quality, craft-brewed beer that was cost efficient and environmentally responsible.
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Field Reports

Steam boilers save time and money for ingredient processor

The equipment provides the exact pressure and temperature to run processing equipment while meeting NOx emission standards.
January 10, 2014

RFI Ingredients, a provider of custom extracts and nutritional supplements, touts its slogan “From Field to Formula.” RFI’s commitment to its slogan is seen in its sourcing of raw materials from its own sustainable farms and a global network of growers and other providers.


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Tech Update

Tech Update: Meat and poultry processing

Equipment advances help minimize product contamination while raising production efficiency.
January 10, 2014
From freezing and frying to cleanliness and coding, new technologies make tasks easier.
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Water usage and treatment

Take a load off

Food and beverage plants under pressure to reduce contaminants in their discharge water are finding a wider range of solutions.
January 10, 2014
Water recovery and productivity goals are aided by new systems.
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PRODUCTS

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Milk Processing and Quality Management

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The fifth volume in the series, Milk Processing and Quality Management, provides timely and comprehensive guidance on the processing of liquid milks by bringing together contributions from leading experts around the globe.

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Food Process Engineering and Technology

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Combining scientific depth with practical usefulness, this book serves as a tool for graduate students as well as practicing food engineers, technologists and researchers looking for the latest information on transformation and preservation processes as well as process control and plant hygiene topics.

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Food Plant Economics

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Food and Package Engineering

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For the first time, engineering for the packaging industry – and for the biggest packaging user, food processing – is presented in a way that clearly demonstrates its interconnected, globally integrated nature. Food and Package Engineering is a groundbreaking work that serves as a comprehensive guide to the complexities and the potential of the industry.

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EVENTS

Food Plant of the Future: Using Design to Increase Productivity and Drive Down Unit Costs

6/1/09
Online
Contact: Jamie Tunison

On-Demand: The need for food and beverage processors to drive down unit costs never ends. How can new/retrofitted plants be designed to optimize productivity?

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Food Plant of the Future: Building Realistic Sustainability into Food and Beverage Plants

9/1/09
Online
Contact: Jamie Tunison

On-Demand: Using cost-effective design solutions, food and beverage processing facilities can meet the rigorous performance demands required in a processing and production environment and, at the same time, focus on sustainability.

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Food Plant of the Future: Anticipating the Next Generation

9/29/11
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Food Plant of the Future: Raising the Bar on Plant Air Quality

4/26/12
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Discover How ConAgra and Hormel use OEE to Drive Business Results

6/5/13
Online

On Demand Manufacturers face stiff headwinds and to battle the storm they need more effective development methods for operational excellence programs like OEE.
 

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Boost Productivity, Improve Safety with New Technology for Splicing Conveyor Belts

11/13/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Belted conveyors are critical to food processing operations. When they stop, your productivity stops. Fortunately, new belt splicing technologies enable you to take control of belt splicing...

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One Voice: Total Cost of Ownership of Processing and Packaging Equipment

12/11/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Learn about guidelines, definitions, and formulas from leading CPG and OEM's that define the industry norm for determining the Total Cost of Ownership of capital equipment.

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Efficiently Unload Food From Containers

1/21/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Food and personal care companies are continually challenged with unloading different thicknesses of food from a variety of container sizes and shapes, while maintaining strict sanitary standards. Food products can include...

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Tools for Validating Key Components of a Food Safety Plan

1/30/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Attendees of this webinar will learn the three distinct "kill step" validation methods, methods for validating key elements of a food safety plan, ways of preventing recontamination, and be provided online resources for accessing and sharing thermal inactivation data.

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OEE Opportunity Calculator: On-line Feasibility tool for Production Line Improvement

3/27/14
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Presenters will provide attendees with OEE opportunity calculator details, live demonstration of actual cases, and FAQ's

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DOCUMENTS AND FILES

Electronic Capital Expenditure

May 8, 2012
Capital Investment is a key to any company’s innovation and improvement programme. Investment is key to almost every new product, capacity expansion, and cost saving initiatives. Capital expense represents an organisation change and requires inputs, co-ordination and buy-in from stake-holder groups for successful execution.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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THE MAGAZINE

Food Engineering Magazine

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2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
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THE FOOD ENGINEERING STORE

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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